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Witnesses sought in fatal shooting of 14-year-old in Vermont Square

Witnesses sought in fatal shooting of 14-year-old in Vermont Square
A map shows the location of where a boy was shot dead Friday night, and where other crimes that have occurred in the area. (L.A. Times Homicide Report)

Police detectives are looking for witnesses to the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy Friday in Vermont Square.

Elawnza Peebles was walking home about 9:40 p.m. Friday when he was shot near 46th Street and Kansas Avenue. The boy ran to a nearby residence and collapsed in a driveway, said Los Angeles Police Department Det. Sal LaBarbera.

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A neighbor who was parking his vehicle saw the boy in the driveway and called 911.

Detectives do not know whether the shooter was on foot or in a vehicle.

Peebles was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:08 p.m.

LaBarbera said that the child was not a gang member and had recently moved to the area.

"It's residential, it's normally quiet," he said.

There have been 55 homicides within one mile of the shooting since 2007, according to The Times' Homicide Report.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dets. Eric Crosson or Miguel Gutierrez at (213) 485-1383.

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